I’m Back! + Recommendations?

Hi everybody! Mariah here 🙂

So as you probably know from the title, I’m back! I had to deal with some huge problems in my life but hopefully now they’re done with and over for good. *happy dance*

Thank you so much if you stuck here for me! I know I’m a terrible blogger 😦 I know I just left everyone in the dark when I stopped posting. And I’m sorry for that. I’m sorry I couldn’t do book reviews, but the past is the past, and I can’t change that. I totally understand if you stop reading my reviews, and I won’t pressure you into coming back.

Thank you.

 

What do you want me to read next?

Alright, this is a question that’s been in the back of my mind since I started this blog. I know I don’t have many followers, and almost nobody comments on my posts 🙂  (why am I smiling about that? Haha!), but I just want your opinion on what I should read next. The books I’ve been reviewing aren’t too popular, but that’s just because I read a lot of books that aren’t too famous. So, I’m giving you a chance to comment and tell me what books I should read! (Keep in mind that they should be YA books. I’m not that old yet 😀 ) If you could, in your comment, can you also give me a link to where I can find that book cheap? Thanks if you do, but it’s COMPLETELY optional 🙂

Well, that’s just about it! I’m so glad I can start a new chapter with all of you.

Love,

Mariah 🙂

Stay crazy! 😛

Updates & Divergent Week :(

Hey guys . . . :/

Just when I thought things were getting better, everything basically went down the drain again. I’ve been really busy and stressed out lately, it’s just really hard to keep this blog going. I’m super sorry for leaving again, it’s just been really hard for me to update lately. Don’t you worry, I should probably be updating more regularly now, unless, you know . . . Please forgive me. I promised not to let you guys down and look what I did! I really feel like crying right now 😦 . . .

Please please please give me another chance, and tell your friends to check this blog out. I’m hardly getting any views on this blog and it’s really discouraging me from still going . . .

As for Divergent Week. I’ve decided just not to do it after all. It’s a big pain to get everything ready, and with the lack of views I’ve been getting, well, it’s enough to change my mind. Don’t worry, I might have it a bit later. As for those who entered to PDF contest, thank you! I’ll still be sending out your PDF copies. I got quite a few emails, so it’ll be fun to pick them out. Your free copies should come about next week 🙂

Once again, please forgive me. I’m really going to try and get myself un-stressed, but I have testing coming up soon, and grades are closing, so I also really have to pay attention to my schoolwork. I’m really sorry if I have another not-posting time like this. If that happens you’ll know why. I just ask you to please help me promote my blog 🙂 No hard feelings?

-Mariah 😦

Stay Crazy ❤

My “Uglies” Story

As you may know already, the Uglies series is one of my favorite series ever. (It’s by Scott Westerfeld – Check him out here: http://scottwesterfeld.com) Now, allow me to tell you the story of how I was reacquainted with the books.

Mariah’s “Uglies” Series Story

It all started last year, probably in late April or early May. I was in my school library, glancing around. As you may (or may not) know, my school library is absolutely TERRIBLE. The books are outdated and ripped. Only if there is nothing else on Earth may I give you permission to enter it’s doors. Well, I was in there (big surprise – yesterday was the first day I’d been in there since then!) and I just happened to see the spine of Uglies. I showed my friend, and told her I was going to check it out.

“No way,” she’d said, an amusing grin on her face. It was obvious she didn’t believe me, but she was wrong. I checked it out, and I was surprised how good it actually was! After I’d finished reading it, I checked out the entire rest of the series. I did all my book reports on the series, and by the time I’d finished reading the whole thing, the school year was already over.

Flash-forward to March 2014: I’d totally forgotten about the highly memorable series – instead I was catching up on Veronica Roth, John Green, and Marie Lu. I’d just finished publishing my post on TheCrazyBookshelf (my apologizing post, you can find it here: https://thecrazybookshelf.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/where-have-i-been/ ) when my iPod buzzed with an email. I lifted it up, opened my Mail app, and wasn’t too surprised when I got an email from iBooks, one of my favorite apps. I got emails from them a lot, so I clicked it. One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing that little red circle above the app in my home screen, so I tapped the email so it would be marked as “Read.”

I scrolled to the bottom of the email, and a headline caught my eye: “For Fans of Divergent.” I’m a fan of that book, so I checked the books listed under. And there it was – Uglies. I downloaded a sample and vowed myself that I’d check it out from the library. The very next day, I went back to my school library and pulled it off the shelf.

And that’s my story of how I got the book. Now I’m going to review it in just a few weeks. Thanks for reading my super-long story!

There we go. Italics are officially OFF! I’m so used to seeing them now xD

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I really love all of you ❤

-Mariah

Stay Crazy! 🙂

New Books, My Time

Hey guys and girls 🙂 Me again. Just wanted to let you all know that I finished a new book today, Followers by Anna Davies (really short book, I recommend it!) and I also checked out Uglies and Pretties by Scott Westerfeld. I am super excited to start rereading those books, they’re some of my favorites. I also purchased the first Kingdom Keepers book on my iPod app called iBooks (check that out!), so be looking forward to new reviews, kay?

This is my first time on the internet today. Hopefully things aren’t going to be this busy in the future, but watch out in case I post a review pretty late. I’m trying to aim to post reviews about 6:00 or 6:30 Pacific Standard Time, but some days I might be busier than usual. Really sorry about that. I hope to see you guys tomorrow! 😀

-Mariah

Stay Crazy! 😉

Divergent Free PDF Form!!

Hey everybody. I’m back to give you guys the form for the Divergent Week free PDF giveaways! It’s not necessarily a form, but it’s more like a tiny little fill-out-in-five-seconds thingy. I’m going to take in all your submissions up to Thursday, April 3 and pick out the names Friday, and I will send out all the free PDFs by Saturday.

Please submit, it’s going to be more fun picking out from lots of people! So, after you fill out this form, send it to thecrazybookshelf@gmail.com please!! 🙂

Name:

Email Address:

Any suggestions for my blog?

And that’s it! So just copy and paste it into a new email message, fill out the necessary 3 questions, and send it to me at thecrazybookshelf@gmail.com

Thank you guys so much 🙂

-Mariah

P.S. Sorry if I’m spamming you all so much. Just trying to get everything in according to my new schedule. I am so sorry about that.

Stay Crazy! 😉

20 Followers? OMG! & Updates

So, as of right now, I have 21 followers. How did I miss getting 20 followers in the first place?! That’s amazing! Thank you all for taking time to read my blog. It really means a lot to me, you know?

In honor of getting my first 20 followers, I’ve decided to create a GoodReads & Twitter account for The Crazy Bookshelf. I do currently have a GoodReads account but that’s a personal account, so . . . I’ll create an all-new one for you all 🙂 I really appreciate your support.

So, it’s time for some updates. I’ve just finished a few new books, so that’s going to be awesome, and I got three brand new ones today. Be looking forward to awesome reviews in April. The three books I did receive, unfortunately, are very small, but I got them because I was looking for a light read over Spring Break.

Additionally, I’m going to head over to my local library and pick up a series I read lightly last year but never really took the time to understand. If you are really curious, they’re part of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. I’m super excited to reread those! I’ve also read some other good books, so be looking to see those reviews.

As for me, I’ve been doing fine. I keep telling you guys I’ve been having big problems and stuff but so far I’ve been doing okay. It’s really upsetting thinking about what happened in the past few weeks but I’m sure I’ll be able to get through it 🙂 Once again, I really appreciate all you guys and gals do for me.

I am TOTALLY  ready for Spring Break! Depending on how soon I finish books (and how long it takes me to write reviews, since my calendar’s TOTALLY backed up) be expecting a TON coming soon! A week or two afterward things might slow down a bit, because of testing, you know.

Alrighty then, so I think that’s just about it. I can’t wait for April because, you know, a new month means a new beginning! At least to me it does. I really love all of you and I really hope you enjoy my blog.

Be expecting more reviews coming soon!

-Mariah

Stay Crazy! 😉 ❤

The Secrets of Peaches Review

Hi everyone! Once again, another apology for being so super late on my blog posts. Like I mentioned about a billion other times, I am two weeks late on my reviews which means you guys should be getting reviews in just about every day this week! Exciting, isn’t it? I promise I will never let you guys down like this again. I know I’ve probably lost all my followers but I am willing to work to gain them back again!

So that’s about all I’ve got for now 🙂 Thank you all for being patient while I am dealing with the mess that I call my life 🙂

The book I will be reviewing today is The Secrets of Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

The Secrets of Peaches Rating: 8.5/10

After the first book in this series, Peaches, I didn’t think the series could get any better. Oh, how I was wrong! The Secrets of Peaches literally blew me away. I extremely enjoyed hearing about Birdie, Leeda, and Murphy again. They are just such unique characters I wish they were real people. Once again, like in Peaches, I felt like I didn’t quite agree with the characters’ actions at certain points and I didn’t feel like their decisions were all too realistic.

Description:

The girls are back, and better than ever. Now visiting Darlington Orchard by choice, Murphy and Leeda realize that the orchard is falling into a deep panic – Birdie’s father just isn’t racking in enough cash. Through the spiral of misfortune, Murphy learns that she may not be accepted in her college of choice, Leeda’s mother may have a certain disease that sends her going crazy, and Birdie must face the difficulties of a long-distance relationship.

My Thoughts:

I was amazed by the quality of this book. When I didn’t think this book could be any better than its predecessor, I was wrong. That’s a perfect example of being pleasantly surprised. The girls were fun and sometimes I even wish I knew some people who were as exciting as these three. While it was amazing, I do feel like maybe the characters may have been too unrealistic. It’s just my thoughts, though, so don’t let me stop you from reading this super-awesome novel!

This is good for people who are

The Secrets of Peaches would be a good fit for

-romance lovers

-contemporary lovers

-people who enjoy a light, nice story

-people who like books about friendship

-anyone over the age of 14

Basically, . . .

Basically, The Secrets of Peaches is fun for a nice story that isn’t too intense. It’ll bring out the bubbly side of you and it might even make you giggle at times! (Didn’t think you could do that, could you?) Additionally, Spring Break is right around the corner, well for me anyway, so this would be the perfect time to drop by your local Barnes N’ Nobles and pick up a copy. I would really not recommend it for a book report book unless you’ve already done its first book, otherwise it would be too hard to explain. Quality advice there, people!

Don’t forget to buy The Secrets of Peaches at http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Peaches-Jodi-Lynn-Anderson/dp/B00375LOQY

Once again, I am really really sorry about just leaving you all like that. I wish I could rewind time and fix everything I’ve ruined. I’m so sorry, you don’t know how upset I feel right now 😦

-Mariah

What did you think of The Secrets of Peaches? Leave a comment below!

P.S. I’m thinking of linking some GoodReads, Facebook, and Twitter accounts very soon for The Crazy Bookshelf! (I will make separates just for the purpose of this blog.) How do you guys feel about that? Stay crazy!